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Councilors take no action to raise their salaries


The City Council today deferred any action on giving itself pay increases. In roughly 20 seconds, Council President Bill Linehan referred two raise-related orders to the Committee on Government Operations for hearings.

The committee will consider two proposals: One by Mayor Walsh for an almost 14% raise, to $99,500, one by Linehan for a 20% raise, to $105,000 a year.

After the committee, chaired by at-large Councilor Michael Flaherty, holds its hearing, it will make a recommendation to the entire council, which will then vote on a proposal for submission to the mayor, who can veto it.

If councilors do want a raise starting in January, they will have to act before their current terms end at the end of December - otherwise they risk violating state conflict-of-interest laws by directly voting themselves a raise, rather than approving a raise for a future council.


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Linehan is going to get his raise then announce his retirement.

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The Honorable President of Boston City Council

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He'd be violating state law.

Of course, some people might want him in trouble with the law, but whoever replaces him would have the same issue until the General Court acts.

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Nice try Billy, maybe next time.

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Give it a rest -
focus on really turning around some aspects of the city - make some chances - then ask for a raise... you are not saving lives, educating the youth or protecting the streets - your don't deserve it right now....

Also you are able to use campaign contributions towards your car payments & your cell phone - so you have dilusional when it comes to the plight of your citizens that your represent.

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City council budget up again in '15, up from $4.2mil in 2012 to $5.2mil in '15. Now a staff of 82 people.

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Government Operations
Committee Chair:
Councillor Flaherty

Committee Vice Chair:
Councillor Jackson

Committee Members:
Councillors LaMattina, McCarthy, O'Malley, Pressley, Wu

Committee E-mail:
ccc.go at boston.gov

Committee Description:
Committee on Government Operations, which shall concern itself with the organization and structure of city government, including departmental fees and charges.

The committee shall have referred to it all proposed ordinances and special laws affecting the structure, duties and responsibilities of city departments, agencies and commissions.

The committee shall also concern itself with the review of the city’s policy regarding residency for city employees.

The committee shall concern itself with encouraging cooperation between the city and other levels of government to reduce duplicative programs, coordinate efforts to provide services, and present the council's views on matters that have a direct bearing on the council’s business.

In scheduling hearings and working sessions, the committee will coordinate with the chair of the committee whose jurisdiction covers the policy area discussed in the ordinance or special law.

The committee shall exercise oversight with respect to the Boston Retirement Board,
City Clerk,
Election Department,
Execution of Courts,
Purchasing Department,
Health Benefits and Insurance Program,
Human Resources Department,
Law Department,
Medicare Payments,
Office of the mayor (except those components assigned to other committees),
Pensions and Annuities,
Purchasing Division,
Residency Compliance Commission, and Workers Compensation Program,
Office of Intergovernmental Relations.

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